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1741]                   To Horace Mann                     149
desired that lie might be heard in his own defence, they said he had already confessed his crime. Do but think on it! without being accused, without knowing, or being told it was a crime, a man gives evidence in another cause, not his own, and then they call it his own accusation of himself, and would condemn him for it. You see what justice we may expect if they actually get the majority. But this was too strong a pill for one of their own leaders to swallow: Sir John Barnard' did propose and persuade them to give him a day to be heard. In short, we sat till half an hour after four in the morning; the longest day that ever was known. I say nothing of myself, for I could but just speak when I came away; but Sir Eobert was as well as ever, and spoke with as much spirit as ever, at four o'clock. This way they will not kill him.; I will not answer for any other. As he came out, Whitehead8, the author of Manners, and agent, with one Carey, a surgeon, for the Opposition, said, ' Damn him, how well he looks!' Immediately after their success, Lord G-age9 went forth, and begged there might be no mobbing; but last night we had bonfires all over the town, and I suppose shall have notable mobbing at the new election ; though I do not believe there will be any opposition to their Mr. Edwin and Lord Perceval30. Thank God! we are now adjourned for three weeks. I shall go to Swallowfieldu for a few days: so for one week you will miss hearing from me. We have escaped the
i Sir John Barnard, Knight (1684-1761), M.P. for the City of London, 1722-61. He was an authority on finance.
8  Paul Whitehead,  an infamous t>ut not despicable poet.    Walpole.
9  Thomas, Lord Viscount^ G-age, liad "been a Roman Catholic,  and •was Master of the Household to the Prince.    Walpole.
10  John Perceval (1711-1770), succeeded his father (1748) as second
Earl of Egmont in Ireland; cr. (1762) Baron Lovell and Holland in England. He was Joint Postmaster-General, 1762-63; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1763-^56. He wrote a celebrated pamphlet called Faction Detected^ and a history of his own family called the History of tJie House oflvery.
n Swallowfield, in Berkshire, the seat of John Dodd, Esq.    Walpole.